Life and Survival in Mumbai
|Street Artist in Mumbai|
He is deaf, mute and disabled. He is literate in Marathi, conveys in brief writing and in gestures.
The street is his canvas, a chalk his medium. He paints murals appropriate to scale of street, always in seating posture, obviously.
His street art also falls in the category of ancient ritual as Land Art of Rangoli / Alpana / Kolam practice by Indian women householders.
|Life and Survival in Mumbai|
Ganesha is his Idol and subject, appears in various attires of great people. Here Shivaji personified as Ganesha. This, of course, is in tune with culture in Maharashtra.
He has tremendous ‘sense of scale’ and ‘economy of means’, which even the most learned & the highly placed elite – politicians, experts, professionals etc. – may miss in their work & lifestyle.
I cannot guess his age; it seems he has arrested aging by constructive creativity.
Some benevolent institution may have given him a carriage for conveyance. There his rehabilitation comes to an end.
He shows me his album, many photographs of his paintings, and newspaper cuttings: he is a celebrity in his own right.
Indeed for many well known artists, honorarium amount they receive is never enough; whatever this person receives is never less. Government supports authors and other artists, however, this street artist may not appear in their lists; there many, too many, like him in India.
|The Artist, his Land Art and Belongings in Mumbai|
While parting, I simply salute him.
Life is larger than all Arts, Sciences, Religions, Philosophies, trade, techs, States ... through times and places. ― Remigius de Souza
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